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    Hello everyone...

    I need a bit of help frm u guys...

    Creative Labs Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha USB Gaming Headset ($43 on amazon) or Creative Labs HS-980 Fatal1ty Professional Series MKII Gaming Headset ($48 on amazon)?

    As you can seen, i have a budget of under $50... So which will be the best choice among these?? Any other suggestions would be good too.. FPS gaming main purpose!!

    I am guessing the Fatal1ty Professional MKII will be better??

    Thanks....

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    Tactic 3D Alpha.

    ---------- Post added at 19:09 ---------- Previous post was at 19:07 ----------

    But if u had an Titanium/Xonar I would recommend the Shure SRH440 Over any gaming crapsets.

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    Mentioning @Hemlock , @Mazhar , @dipanzan , @Dee , @error and @aayman for help....

    Quote Originally Posted by EviL AnGeL View Post
    Tactic 3D Alpha.

    ---------- Post added at 19:09 ---------- Previous post was at 19:07 ----------

    But if u had an Titanium/Xonar I would recommend the Shure SRH440 Over any gaming crapsets.
    The SRH440 costs around $80, i can get the SRH240, how is the SRH240?? ANy ideas??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irfan View Post
    Mentioning @Hemlock , @Mazhar , @dipanzan , @Dee , @error and @aayman for help....



    The SRH440 costs around $80, i can get the SRH240, how is the SRH240?? ANy ideas??
    No idea. Ask Hemlock or Mazhar bro.

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    How on earth did i rep up all of the posts above when i just clicked on one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by error View Post
    How on earth did i rep up all of the posts above when i just clicked on one?
    Rep hacks XD

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    Panasonic RP-HTF600E-S
    Panasonic RP-HTX7
    JVC HA-RX700
    Sony XB-500
    Koss Portapro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazhar View Post
    Panasonic RP-HTF600E-S
    Panasonic RP-HTX7
    JVC HA-RX700
    Sony XB-500
    Koss Portapro
    Koss Portapro is a Serious joss headphone within the 50$ range.I'm currently using it and very much satisfied with it.You can hear every single tone in it the mids and high are awesome.Though it is not a all around ear headphone so the noise cancellation is not much better but you won't regret it after buying.The Bad thing about it is the wire's length.So before buying please check this out,otherwise its' worth with every single penny.

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    Yes the Creative one you are looking at is sub par best. If this is for gaming, I'm assuming you are stressing more on "directional sound/positioning", then get a good stereo headphone & pair it with an appropriate sound card. Out of the ones Mazhar bhaiya mentioned, the "Portapro" is highly regarded. IIRC the Sony XB is a little heavy on the bass, so positioning can be a little muddy, but I'm not sure, so take this with a grain of salt.

    I don't know about the other headphones, but should be of good quality compared to those gaming gimmicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dipanzan View Post
    Yes the Creative one you are looking at is sub par best. If this is for gaming, I'm assuming you are stressing more on "directional sound/positioning", then get a good stereo headphone & pair it with an appropriate sound card. Out of the ones Mazhar bhaiya mentioned, the "Portapro" is highly regarded. IIRC the Sony XB is a little heavy on the bass, so positioning can be a little muddy, but I'm not sure, so take this with a grain of salt.

    I don't know about the other headphones, but should be of good quality compared to those gaming gimmicks.
    i don't like the Portapro's ear cups, noise cancelling issue hobe onek boro...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mazhar View Post
    Panasonic RP-HTF600E-S
    Sony XB-500
    Bhaiyaa, among these, which one would be the best?? And is the Tactic 3D Alpha really bad??
    Like, among these 3, which would be the best??

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    If you want a HD200 (and are fine with a lol 6k pricetag), it's on the shop to the right after entering IDB through the main gate. Not bad, I guess.

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    Ahhhh darn... A problem..

    Now i only have a choice between Sennheiser HD 202 II and Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha as my cousin could not find the others, and he wont be able to buy online....

    @Mazhar bhaia, what to do now??

    ---------- Post added at 02:01 ---------- Previous post was at 02:00 ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Wintereise View Post
    If you want a HD200 (and are fine with a lol 6k pricetag), it's on the shop to the right after entering IDB through the main gate. Not bad, I guess.
    Not buying from bd And HD200 is quite old... (

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    Ah, I see. I thought you were buying from BD, heh.

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    if u use tactic 3d alpha, don't forget to give feedback, i am also inshallah bringing from thailand. I know SURROUND HEADSET SUCKS BUT TAKA NAI, that is the cheapest headset available in pantip plaza

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilJIN View Post
    A quick search through Amazon USA revealed better choices -

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    Not really better to be honest, but two of them can be added to the list - HD448 and M30 even though im not really a fan of either the M30 or 50.

    XB 500 will be better than XD200.
    Quote Originally Posted by Irfan View Post
    Ahhhh darn... A problem..

    Now i only have a choice between Sennheiser HD 202 II and Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha as my cousin could not find the others, and he wont be able to buy online....

    @Mazhar bhaia, what to do now??
    HD 202 II then, I would say its better than the Tactic 3D but I havent tested that one, Hemlock will be better in assisting you as he owned that pair I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazhar View Post
    HD 202 II then, I would say its better than the Tactic 3D but I havent tested that one, Hemlock will be better in assisting you as he owned that pair I believe.
    Mentioning @Hemlock bro again then..

    And bhaiaa, How is the Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 headset??

    ---------- Post added at 13:47 ---------- Previous post was at 13:45 ----------

    Seen quite a lot of good reviews on the Tactic 3D Alpha, er jonnoi arki iktu ask korlam..

    ---------- Post added at 14:29 ---------- Previous post was at 13:47 ----------

    And any good under $20 USB Sound Card that is better than those built-in realtek one's? @dipanzan ?

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    I had the Tactic 3D Sigma not the Alpha, but the Alpha shouldn 't be much different in presentation and sound signature. The Sigma should be theoretically louder(of-course), and have a greater soundstage due to the oversized drivers and more airy. The Sigma can get insanely loud from just an X-Fi Titanium (no amping needed for these and will not hep them get any better either) and push air like a vacuum cleaner, seriously. You 'll be thinking that the drivers are going to pop out of the housing and burst against your ears!

    Now, these tactic 3Ds do have better potential than other gaming headsets within the $100 range, but out-of-the-box they are plain muddy. They require you to tweak the source eq to alter the sound and bring out a better presentation out of them, or else you 'll hate them if the equalizer is flat. These were manufactured with general consumers in mind and not newbie audio-enthusiasts (this crowd im refering to because they are Sen 202 's target audience). The low-end Sens (or from other high-end audio gear manufacturers) that are within your budget will be more capable of presenting the audio spectrum more accurately than these gaming HPs but they might not be as much fun to your ears.

    The thing is, everyone has different expectations, tastes, different ears and a different way of monitoring sound and even that changes as you step up the ladder. Someone like Mazhar for example, from as much as i know him, will stray you away from gaming headphones regardless of the price tag and hype and will ask you to settle for any studio grade cans even if it is priced thrice as low and even though there aren 't any direct comparisons between the two. That 's because he 's been there, done that and stepped up the ladder. But you may have ears that aren 't sensitive to anything other than BASS, in that case you may hate the fuller mids/overall presentation of a Shure/Sen or you may find it irritating when certain other parts of the spectrum are more emphasized and you may prefer to rather own a muddy Beats/Bose and eq them.

    So, it 's all subjective. Having said that, do take a look at the Panasonic HTF-600 step monitors. I keep them as a secondary pair to have something in hand when i sell my primary pair to switch to another one.
    The HTF-600s are good for the price. Don 't expect them to be newhere near as declared by some Head-Fi 'ers. Those ppl are crazy. I dunno how some of them over there are merci-less on an HD650 and they praise these Panas like they belong in the $300 range. May be because they are so used to spending at least 3 figures on headphones, some of them aren 't aware that $30 can buy something that produces sound.
    They 're just OK. May be equivalent to gaming headphones. They do not benefit at all from amping and decent sources! They sound best out of my iphone. I bought one because of all that hype, and i'm fine knowing how much money i put into them, but if i had to pay any more i'd be disappointed. But they haven 't gone thru 2 figure burn-in periods, so let 's see what they turn out after that.

    Take a look at the JVC HA-S700. Praised as direct equivalent to the Bose AE2! for 1/5th the price. They look good, equipped wid memory foam and portable to. And ppl say the drivers are just as musical (i don 't know if that 's a right word to use for Bose) as the Bose.
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    I had the Tactic 3D Sigma not the Alpha, but the Alpha shouldn 't be much different in presentation and sound signature. The Sigma should be theoretically louder(of-course), and have a greater soundstage due to the oversized drivers and more airy. The Sigma can get insanely loud from just an X-Fi Titanium (no amping needed for these and will not hep them get any better either) and push air like a vacuum cleaner, seriously. You 'll be thinking that the drivers are going to pop out of the housing and burst against your ears!

    Now, these tactic 3Ds do have better potential than other gaming headsets within the $100 range, but out-of-the-box they are plain muddy. They require you to tweak the source eq to alter the sound and bring out a better presentation out of them, or else you 'll hate them if the equalizer is flat. These were manufactured with general consumers in mind and not newbie audio-enthusiasts (this crowd im refering to because they are Sen 202 's target audience). The low-end Sens (or from other high-end audio gear manufacturers) that are within your budget will be more capable of presenting the audio spectrum more accurately than these gaming HPs but they might not be as much fun to your ears.

    The thing is, everyone has different expectations, tastes, different ears and a different way of monitoring sound and even that changes as you step up the ladder. Someone like Mazhar for example, from as much as i know him, will stray you away from gaming headphones regardless of the price tag and hype and will ask you to settle for any studio grade cans even if it is priced thrice as low and even though there aren 't any direct comparisons between the two. That 's because he 's been there, done that and stepped up the ladder. But you may have ears that aren 't sensitive to anything other than BASS, in that case you may hate the fuller mids/overall presentation of a Shure/Sen or you may find it irritating when certain other parts of the spectrum are more emphasized and you may prefer to rather own a muddy Beats/Bose and eq them.

    So, it 's all subjective. Having said that, do take a look at the Panasonic HTF-600 step monitors. I keep them as a secondary pair to have something in hand when i sell my primary pair to switch to another one.
    The HTF-600s are good for the price. Don 't expect them to be newhere near as declared by some Head-Fi 'ers. Those ppl are crazy. I dunno how some of them over there are merci-less on an HD650 and they praise these Panas like they belong in the $300 range. May be because they are so used to spending at least 3 figures on headphones, some of them aren 't aware that $30 can buy something that produces sound.
    They 're just OK. May be equivalent to gaming headphones. They do not benefit at all from amping and decent sources! They sound best out of my iphone. I bought one because of all that hype, and i'm fine knowing how much money i put into them, but if i had to pay any more i'd be disappointed. But they haven 't gone thru 2 figure burn-in periods, so let 's see what they turn out after that.

    Take a look at the JVC HA-S700. Praised as direct equivalent to the Bose AE2! for 1/5th the price. They look good, equipped wid memory foam and portable to. And ppl say the drivers are just as musical (i don 't know if that 's a right word to use for Bose) as the Bose.

    Thanks a hell lot for all that info!! D

    Bhaiayaa,

    Panasonic RP-HTF600-S($30.76) or Sennheiser HD202 II($18.98) or JVC HAS700($32.48)??? Do you think the Sen 202 is a great buy for the price???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irfan View Post
    Thanks a hell lot for all that info!! D

    Bhaiayaa,

    Panasonic RP-HTF600-S($30.76) or Sennheiser HD202 II($18.98) or JVC HAS700($32.48)??? Do you think the Sen 202 is a great buy for the price???
    I think i'll ask you to get either the Panas or JVC. That 's because although the HD202 is a Sen, the bottom-line ($20-50) cans from manufacturers who make $2000 cans are absolute trash most of the time. The cheap Audio-technicas are a good example, which i demoed at my friend 's place, you can also find them at B.City. Hell even gaming HPs like Fatality HS-1000 are 3x better than them. And if you look up the amazon reviews of the 202 you will hear from some users say how cheaply they have been built and some of them also suggest JVCs over them.
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